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Two hikers stranded overnight after illegally entering Crater Lake caldera

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Photo: National Park Service Photo: National Park Service
Photo: National Park Service Photo: National Park Service
CRATER LAKE, OR (KPTV) -

Two hikers were rescued after they illegally entered the Crater Lake caldera and were stranded overnight.

The two hikers were reported missing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Investigators said they entered the prohibited area near North Junction at 2:30 p.m.

Officials contacted Airlink in Bend to fly over the park. The two hikers were spotted along the shoreline at around 9:30 p.m.

Both were alert and responsive, however rescue operations were suspended for the night due to darkness and hazardous terrain.

A Jackson County Search and Rescue helicopter retrieved the stranded hikers at around 8 a.m. Monday.

One hiker sustained serious injuries after tumbling the last 250 feet of the 1,000-foot descent. The other hiker was suffering from minor hypothermia.

An Airlink medical helicopter returned to transport the seriously injured hiker.

Hiking in the caldera is strictly prohibited year-round.

According to the National Park Service, the rim of Crater Lake is especially dangerous right now. Snow cornices – icy overhangs with no solid ground below created by snow blown over sharp terrain – are a regular occurrence in the park this time of year and can collapse without warning. 

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